Wendy Simmons won’t stop traveling until she visits every country in the world! Despite her hatred for packing, she’s managed to explore more than eighty-five so far—including territories and colonies—and chronicles her adventures on her blog, wendysimmons.com and on Huffington Post.
Her first book, “My Holiday in North Korea; The Funniest Worst Place on Earth” was published May 3, 2016 by RosettaBooks. Her writing has also been published in Travel & Leisure, PopSugar, OnMogul, MSN,Yahoo, and other outlets.
She has served as president of Vendeloo Inc., a New Orleans-based management, marketing, and communications consultancy she founded in 2001, which is focused on solving strategic business challenges for emerging and well-established companies.
An award-winning photographer, Wendy’s work has been the subject of solo and group shows in the U.S. and abroad, and has been regularly featured in media outlets worldwide. She has also owned a bar in Manhattan, worked for a lobbying firm on Capitol Hill, written a Japanese-language phrase book, and taught reading and math to the “smart kids” at a private school.
She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and focus on Asian Studies and Japanese. Though her Japanese is now terrible, Wendy’s Pig Latin is flourishing.
Wendy practices Muay Thai daily, relishes all adventures, and is addicted to renovating. After 25 years in New York City, she now calls New Orleans’ Garden District home, where she lives in Warwick Manor, a converted 1800s pink mansion that once served as a private school for children of the affluent. It’s currently being renovated.
Wendy can be reached via email at email@example.com.
For more information on her book, visit myholidayinnorthkorea.com
To date, Wendy has traveled to the following countries, territories, colonies, and dependencies. Those marked with an asterisk, she has traveled to two or more times:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands*
Chile (incl. Easter Island)
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of
Ecuador and The Galapagos
England (United Kingdom)*
Hong Kong (China)*
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Scotland (United Kingdom)
United Arab Emirates
Virgin Islands, British*
Virgin Islands, US*
*Stopovers in Ghana, Guinea, Liberia